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  • "A row has broken out over a planned £11,000 pay rise for the new chief executive of Caerphilly County Borough Council.
    The current interim chief executive of the council, Stuart Rosser, is due to step down at the end of July.He is paid £131,000 a year, but the ruling Labour group have voted to advertise the new interim chief executive role for up to two years at an annual salary of £142,524 – an increase of more than £11,000.
    The answer seems to be that Labour will look after those at the very top. The council is already having to temporarily extend, at a cost of £26,000, for another six months the arrangements for council officers acting up because of the court case involving three senior executives of the council.
    “Those officers are all being paid their full wages while on suspension. While council officers conduct witch hunts for people behind on their council tax or bedroom tax, with the same baliffs. I wonder if there is a connection with someone in the council and the baliffs used."
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Cuts fall-out

First published in Letters

MORE than 1,800 Caerphilly county borough residents waited over an hour for a first response after calling 999 for an ambulance last year.

There are deeply ingrained problems within our emergency care services and these figures lay bare their true extent.

Despite the hard work of front line staff, more evidence of severe delays and unacceptable waits makes for hugely distressing reading. While committed staff put in long hours and huge sacrifices, the Welsh NHS continues to struggle to deliver a step challenge in performance as a result of Labour’s record-breaking NHS budget cuts.

Andrew Nutt Heolddu Road Bargoed

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